Wind energy’s growing importance for UK electricity generation

September 4th, 2014 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK said that August 2014 was an exceptional month for wind energy, with new records set and electricity generation levels exceeding both nuclear and coal generation, according to official National Grid statistics.

On five separate occasions, wind energy overtook coal-fired plants for electricity generation over a single day, which is the first time this has ever happened in the UK.

Electricity produced by UK wind energy exceeded the electricity generated from coal on the 3, 9, 11, 12 and 17 August 2014.

This strong performance continued towards the end of the month when onshore and offshore wind generated more than the nuclear fleet on the 29 August 2014 (5,805 MW of electricity from wind energy compared to 5,379 MW from nuclear).

On 11 August 2014 wind energy also set a new daily record when it provided 21% of the UK’s electricity needs.

This was exceeded on 17 August 2014 when wind energy broke its own record, setting a new figure of 22%.

Before August, the daily record stood at 20% set on 20 December 2013.

This is also the best-performing August to date with total wind generation at 10%, which is close behind the 13% record set during December 2013.

Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, said “wind energy is taking its place as the UK’s new powerhouse, overtaking coal and nuclear as one of the most important resources we have to keep Britain’s lights on.”

“It continues to surpass its own records, and these figures prove that can happen at any time of year.”

“As we approach autumn and winter, we can expect wind to maintain this strong August’s performance and provide electricity when demand is especially high,” she said.

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